White House: Obama's been forceful on Syria
February 15th, 2012
05:02 PM ET

White House: Obama's been forceful on Syria

By Dan Lothian

President Obama has not publicly condemned Syria in the way that he applied pressure on Egypt and Libya, but the White House dismisses criticism that the U.S. resolve in Syria is any less forceful.

“We continue to work with all friends of the Syrian people to mount pressure on Assad to get him to step aside and allow a peaceful political transition to go forward immediately,’ NSC spokesman Tommy Vietor told CNN.

But that hasn’t happened yet even though the Obama administration seems convinced that the writing is on the wall for President. Bashar Assad.

“It’s clear Assad is on his way out. His single-minded brutality has made the end of his rule of Syria inevitable,” Vietor said.

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    hey beelzabubba or should i call you butthead because thats what your acting like if you show the enemey your weak they will attack it even happens in nature thats why vultures wait for there prey to become helpless before they attack just shut up your an idiot and if you dont like this country get out no one will care

    February 16, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  4. ep tor

    WWI,WWII,Korea, Vietnam – win,win,tie,lose Iraq I, Iraq II, Afghanistan – lose, lose, lose

    February 16, 2012 at 5:26 am | Reply
    • midwest

      ep tor – explain again how Iraq I, Iraq II, and Afghanistan are "lose, lose, lose"? It seems to me that the US dominated militarily and completed all of those missions. Now the US military is not a police unit nor a government so if you are saying they failed in setting up a successful government after the military conflict then I would say there is some debate. If the politicians stay out of the way the US military is far superior than any other on this planet. Keep in mind that Iraq had the 4th largest military in the world and the US sliced through them like a hot knife through butter. In Afghanistan we just had to help direct a bunch of Northern Alliance fighters and we easily pushed the Taliban out. No "lose, lose, lose" there.

      February 16, 2012 at 8:48 am | Reply
  5. imaguard

    Obama? Forceful?? Bha ha ha hahahhhhaaaaa! Look at the start of all the recent major wars for the U.S.: World War One: 1914, democrat in office (Woodrow Wilson), World War Two: 1939, democrat in office (FDR), Korea: 1950, democrat in office (Harry Truman), Vietnam: didn't heat up until a democrat took office (JFK). I am excluding wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the ones that we started. Some of the most destructive conflicts in history took place because the evil heads of sovereign nations recognize weakness and unwillingness when they see it. Obama is WEAK, our enemies know this, and that's why the rhetoric has gotten so worriesome in the last 3 years. A war with Iran will turn into the Third World War....it'll start suddenly, with surprise. Alliances will come into play, invoking multiple players. Millions will die, nuclear weapons will be used to end it, and we'll be left wondering how we ever let it happen all over again.

    February 15, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Reply
    • Beelzabubba

      Oh, yes, the Kaiser started WW1 because of a perceived "weakness" in Washington. Likewise Hitler in WW2.

      What idiocy.

      February 16, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
  6. mipolitic

    obama's white house has been tough on nothig, has anyone watched what is going on in syria, and obama what about the 19 detained americans in egypt, and to mention iran's nukes?? more lies from obama .

    February 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • ErrolnDC

      It never ceases to amaze me how people talk about what Obama isn't doing in Syria, or what he isn't doing with Iran... People don't seem to realize that the only thing the US could do in either of those situations is basically start an armed conflict... No one seems to mention acknowledge that Egypt and Libya were handled correctly...

      February 16, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • Carl

      Time for smart solutions, not quick and dumb Bush solutions. Let's get it right this time.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
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    I don't envy the decisions you have to make, that's all I'm saying.

    February 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply
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